false start


false start

noun

: the mistake of starting too soon in a race

: an unsuccessful attempt to begin something (such as a career or a project)

Full Definition of FALSE START

1
:  a premature start (as of a race or football play)
2
:  an unsuccessful attempt to begin something (as a career)

Examples of FALSE START

  1. If someone makes a false start, the race is immediately stopped and the runners have to start again.
  2. After several false starts, the researchers were finally able to identify the virus causing the epidemic.

First Known Use of FALSE START

1815

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: false sting
Previous Word in the Dictionary: false spirea
All Words Near: false start

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up false start? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More